Lady Gaga Opens 2011 VMAs With 'You & I' in Drag: Watch

Lady Gaga surprised everyone by entering the VMAs, not in an egg, but as a man -- her male alter-ego Jo Calderone from her recent "You and I" video.

Lady Gaga may be the Mother Monster, but she still bows down to the Queen.


Kicking off tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, Gaga brought her drag king alter-ego Jo Calderone to the show for rock-focused rendition of new single "You and I." But Calderone wasn't the only surprise guest to the party: Queen guitarist Brian May, who riffs on the song's studio version, crashed the performance mid-way for some super-sized shredding. Watch below.

May's aid wasn't the only thing making the performance stand out, however. A legion of greaser dude back-up dancers and Gaga's Oscar-winning monologue (about herself, from boy toy Calderone's perspective) makes the "You and I" performance one to top tonight. Imitating Gaga, Calderone tells the crowd of their private talks: "I'm not real, I'm theater -- and you and I, this is just rehearsal."

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Gender-bending aside, Gaga's passionate piano-banging and choreography felt like a return to dramatic roots moment for the singer.

What did you think of Gaga's opening VMA performance? Does it top her blood-dripping rendition of "Paparazzi" in 2009? Tell us in the comments below!